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Warning of rogue tree surgeon in Devon


Please make sure you check the credentials of the tree work contractor you are going to use. The work is hazardous and needs to be done by a fully certified professional.

People are being warned to check the credentials of tree surgeons before going ahead with work after reports of a rogue trader operating in the Tavistock area.

West Devon Borough Council is alerting residents following an incident where a protected Norway Maple and Silver Birch in a town garden were cut down illegally.

Investigations by the council suggest the person who carried out the work was not a bona fide tree surgeon.

Georgina Browne, the council’s Landscape Officer, said: “It is a criminal offence to cut down trees with a preservation order on them without making an application for the necessary permission. Any professional tree surgeon would know this.

“By not using a qualified contractor, residents could find they face prosecution if protected trees are felled without consent.

“Rogue traders are also unlikely to have the right insurance and again this could leave householders liable for any accidents.”

Residents are advised to question potential tree surgeons about their qualifications and experience before going ahead with any work and ask for full contact details and a business address.

Devon Tree Services is a member of the industry’s professional body, the Arboricultural Association (AA). 

Warning of rogue tree surgeon in Devon